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St. Francis’ Akana to play baseball for Hawaii

By Billy Hull on September 5, 2017

St. Francis junior Bubba Akana, who plays football, basketball and baseball for the Saints, has committed to play baseball for Hawaii beginning in 2020. Akana committed to the UH coaching staff this morning. Soon after, he passed his road test to get his driver’s license. “Pretty great,” Akana said in a phone interview this afternoon. “It’s great because I get to be around my family and stuff and can always just play in front of them instead of them having […]

KS-Hawaii’s Spaar commits to Temple

By Paul Honda on August 31, 2017

Kamehameha-Hawaii sophomore Nani Spaar has committed to play volleyball for Temple University, according to Pilipa‘a Volleyball Club Coach Chris Leonard. Over the summer, the 6-foot outside hitter played with Pilipa‘a at the USA Volleyball National Junior Championships, then trained at the USA Volleyball Select A2 Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. Former Kamehameha (Kapalama) standout Mia Heirakuji is a junior libero at Temple. Former Moanalua outside hitter Gabby Matautia also played at Temple.

Hawaii offers Campbell’s Adkins-Kupukaa

By Billy Hull on August 21, 2017

Campbell sophomore Poki’i Adkins-Kupukaa, a 6-foot, 185-pound wide receiver and defensive back, landed his first scholarship offer today from Hawaii. Cover2’s Rob DeMello first reported the offer for Adkins-Kupukaa, who set a new Campbell single-game receiving record with 204 yards in a 26-20 win over Farrington 10 days ago. Adkins-Kupukaa leads the state with 399 receiving yards and four touchdowns in three games for No. 7 Campbell, which plays at Waianae on Friday. He is the 10th sophomore in Hawaii […]

Kahuku’s Vimahi lands first SEC offer

By Billy Hull on August 8, 2017

Kahuku junior offensive lineman Enokk Vimahi landed his first scholarship offer from the SEC on Thursday. Ole Miss became the 10th school overall to offer the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Vimahi, who opens his season Friday night at home against Leilehua. Vimahi has put together an impressive offer sheet — USC, UCLA, Oregon, Nebraska, BYU, Utah, Syracuse, Fresno State, Hawaii and now the Rebels. 247Sports lists Vimahi as the No. 112 overall player, the 14th-best offensive tackle overall and the third-best tackle in […]

Kapolei’s Emmsley headed to the Mountain West

By Billy Hull on July 26, 2017

Kapolei defensive end Kukea Emmsley, who picked up nine scholarship offers since the start of the year, has decided to end his recruitment in time for the start of his senior season. Emmsley, who is 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, announced on Twitter today that he has committed to Boise State, calling it his dream school since he was young. Its about that time🤙 pic.twitter.com/HkRCnCWNfr — Kukea Emmsley (@KukeaE) July 27, 2017 Emmsley chose the Broncos over offers from Oregon, Oregon […]

UH offers scholarship to Waialua’s Hatchie

By Nick Abramo on July 24, 2017

It’s not unusual for a North Shore boy to get a full-ride scholarship offer. What is unusual is that the player plays for a school at the northwestern tip of Oahu and not the northeastern. Yes, defensive tackle Matthan Hatchie of the Waialua Bulldogs received the offer from the University of Hawaii recently. Most often, football scholarship offers to North Shore boys go to players who play at Kahuku. Hatchie was a big part of the Bulldogs’ run to the […]

Waianae’s Mauga picks USC, keeps options open

By Billy Hull on June 24, 2017

Waianae linebacker Kana’i Mauga tweeted today that he has committed to Southern California, but left room open at the end to potentially change in his mind. I am truly blessed #FIGHTON ✌???? pic.twitter.com/LivzSc21lg — Kana'i Mauga (@kanai_mauga) June 24, 2017 Mauga wrote at the end that, “although I have verbally committed, I am continuing to leave my options open.” If he follows through on his commitment, he will join Mililani alum Vavae Malepeai, the state’s all-time leading rusher, and Saint […]

RECRUITING: Kapolei’s Buelow a hot commodity

By Billy Hull on June 19, 2017

When the recruiting web site 247sports.com released its first recruiting rankings for the class of 2019, Saint Louis’ Faatui Tuitele, Kahuku’s Enokk Vimahi and Punahou’s Maninoa Tufono were all placed in the top 100 overall. Schools have flocked to bid for the services of all three, with the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Tuitele receiving his 17th offer on Monday from California. Tufono and Vimahi each have nine offers including Oregon, USC, UCLA and Utah. The “Big Three” of the class are all […]